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Jaime Martínez Guzmán Combined System

Posted by Steve Hall on January 18

Project Review:
The Jaime Martínez Guzmán School has 75 students and two teachers. The drinking water within the school was evaluated, along with the water source and the water supply in the community. The water tests came back as contaminated and unsuitable for human consumption.

Locatation: Guazcupuzca: Marcala La Paz, Honduras
Beneficiaries: 75 students

Our implementing partner, EOS International, proposed the health, hygiene, and basic sanitation program to improve the quality of drinking water for school-age boys and girls and teachers who work within the school, along with supporting the school with the installation of a Combined Chlorination System for the purification of water, which will be managed through EOS’ Circuit Rider program.

Performed Activities:
– EOS International school coordinator Oneida Lara hosted a meeting with teachers, the school’s board of directors, and parents to inform them that – – EOS, in partnership with H2O for Life, will support the school with a combined system for water purification
– EOS discussed with the school board, teachers, and parents that part of EOS’ program is community support and that the school and parents must assist in the building of the platforms for the water system to rest on per the measurements established by EOS
– The community was provided with the platform design. This community support is critical to the success of the program
– The parents built the platforms necessary to house the water system. They decided to build them out of concrete for long-term structural support
– EOS International installed the Combined Water system with funding provided by the H2O for Life School program
– EOS School Coordinator trained teachers and parents on using and managing the Combined Water System operation and management

A Combined System for water treatment consists of a two-step process:
1. Reduction of water turbidity (cleaning the water so it is crystal clear)
2. Treating the bacteria to ensure it is safe to drink

This system will serve as a mini-water treatment plant, reducing the levels of turbidity and killing any bacteria present in the water. EOS has a water quality lab at their office in Marcala and will continue to do testing to ensure the water remains safe to drink. Jaime Martínez Guzmán School has been added to EOS’ Circuit Rider program, in which the school coordinator will visit the school monthly to do surprise water checks to ensure 100% compliance in treating the school’s water. The school coordinator will continue providing monthly education programs to students on water conservation, safe water, hygiene, hand washing, and climate change. This program has a 10-year track record of providing solutions and ongoing monitoring to schools and communities in Central America.

Thank you to the following for supporting this project:
Forestview Middle School, MN
J.C. McKenna Music Department, WI
Lanier MS IB Action Project/D. Ellis, 8th Grade, TX
White Bear Lake Girls Hockey and Basketball, MN

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